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Deck of Scarlet Review + Coupon – September/October 2018

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Deck of Scarlet is a makeup palette subscription box. Every other month, you’re sent a versatile palette from their in-house brand in collaboration with a YouTube beauty vlogger. The palettes are accompanied by up to two additional makeup products. Use the included items to create multiple looks! You also get access to educational tutorials using all of the products for the month.

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This is the eleventh installment from Deck of Scarlet: Edition 10 (Edition 00 was the very first box).

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


About Deck of Scarlet

The Subscription Box: Deck of Scarlet

The Cost: $29.95 ($80 value)

COUPON: Save 10% off your first box! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: You’ll receive one palette that contains two looks inspired by a top YouTuber. One daytime and one nighttime look. Products are 100% cruelty-free, paraben free, and made in the USA.

Ships to: U.S. for free, Canada and U.K. for $7

Deck of Scarlet Raven Elyse Review

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This month’s palette was designed by Texas beauty, Raven Elyse, and is “packed with charred metallics and velvety pigments.” 

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Check out Raven Elyse’s tutorial for Deck of Scarlet’s Edition 10 box here.

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The packaging of this box feels high-quality and luxe. The black and white design with pops of color works well for not only this box but for all of Deck of Scarlet’s boxes. So, after collecting a couple of palette editions, you’ll have a cohesive set that looks super nice on your vanity.

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Fire in the sky. Magic in your hand. Opulent desert dreams.

If you could capture a desert sunset in a makeup palette, this would be it. All ingredients are listed on the back as well.

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This palette feels well-made and sturdy while being lightweight and slim. Looks like a perfect palette to travel with to me. I like the nice-sized mirror in case I’m doing makeup on the move. The Deck of Scarlet website offers so many tips and tricks that are specific to each palette. Including these possible looks:

inspiration looks

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Here are the two lip shades. I like how the lip flap opens separately to help keep the powders out of the creams. Shambles is a nude matte and Rant is a rich burnt-rose matte. These are similar to a traditional creamy lipstick but with a slightly thinner texture. They apply smoothly and opaquely without cracking or flaking off and have an almost-matte finish. They don’t last for a very long time but are easy to touch up with just the swipe of a finger.

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This side has both the eyeshadows (smaller pans) and highlighter and blush (bigger pans). Vibes is a great base shade and can be used to brighten up under the brow bone. Ziya (copper-rose shimmer) can be used day or night to bring a rich pop of color to the look. Bomb is a slightly metallic brown and is perfect for adding depth or smoking out the lower lash line. 

The blush, Bae, is a bright terracotta red that only needs a light touch to make an impact and Lit-erally is a glittery gold that is sure to catch the light. I tried to use Lit-erally as an eyeshadow, but the glitter fluffed everywhere. It’s a bit too much for me even as a highlighter since I don’t like glitter anywhere but on my lids.


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The extra product for this edition is a black felt-tip liquid liner. The black is rich and applies smoothly with precision thanks to the thin tapered tip. I don’t notice any bleeding or smudging once it dries and it doesn’t pick itself up when layering.

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Here are swatches of the shades in the palette (from left to right):

2 Lip Colors:

  • Shambles
  • Rant

3 Eyeshadows:

  • Vibes
  • Ziya
  • Bomb


  • Lit-erally

Cheek Color:

  • Bae 

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I watched the tutorial on this palette but ended up with my own rendition:

  • I started by sweeping Vibes all over my lid and then blended Bomb into my crease and on the outer half of my lower lash line with a fluffy brush. I used my fingertip to pat a light coat of Ziya onto the center of my lid. Then, I tight-lined my upper lash line with the liquid liner.
  • For my face, I used a (very) tiny bit of Bae on the apples of my cheeks and hit the top of my cheekbones with Lit-erally.
  • To finish the look, I applied Shambles all over my lips. I didn’t like how washed-out it made me look on its own, so I added some Rant around the outer edges to create an ombre effect.

Verdict: I really like the concept of Deck of Scarlet. You get a palette, extra products, and access to tutorials from the beauty gurus that helped to create the palette in one nicely designed package for only $24.95 (including free US shipping). This palette had lots of warm shades, which would look beautiful on warm skin tones. I tend to use cooler tones but still enjoyed playing with these colors. I have two Deck of Scarlet palettes on my shelf right now, and I’m excited to keep adding to my collection. They are such a nice size to travel with.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this Edition 10 box was still available!

Coupon – For a limited time, use this link to save 30% off your first box!

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Written by Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home…she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: Deck of Scarlet | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. But once you purchase it’s impossible to cancel before next shipment gets billed and shipped. 15 days. They plan it this way because just try and find an account number or live representative.
    Products so far are great but I wanted to choose to become a regular…..Deck if Scarlet has made this decision for me. Still trying to cancel next shipment….3 months now! No luck. No lie. Kinda pissed!!

  2. Rant is pretty.

    Also matches what I’ve been doing a lot of lately.

  3. Man, if I was into makeup I would totally subscribe to this. The packaging on their palettes are beautiful!

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